In Matthew 16 when Jesus told His disciples what He was going to build He began the conversation with a question, “Who do people say that the Son of man is?” After they answered, Jesus then made the question personal asking, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, Son of the Living God.” Jesus replied that no man revealed this to him but Peter heard directly from the Father. Hearing from Father and saying what He says is at the very core of what Ekklesia is all about.
As a son of God and as an Ekklesia, we must be able to “hear” what the Father is saying and “see” what He is doing. This requires koinonia with Father. A relationship of communion and intimate fellowship. Jesus said man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, Matthew 4:4. Jesus also said He came to do the will of His Father (John 6:38) and that He only says what He hears the Father saying (John 12:49) and only does what He sees Him doing, John 5:19.
Gates have significance in scripture. City gates were the center of city life. Gates were obviously the entrance as well as the exit of a city thereby providing security. City Gates were the place of prophetic decrees, public announcements, business transactions, judgments rendered and other city business.
There are two gates in scripture called King’s Gate. One is in Persia (the book of Esther) and the other is in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 9:18). Gates are very important in scripture. In Esther chapter 2, Mordecai is found sitting at the King’s Gate when a plot to kill the king was made known to him. Mordecai informed Esther of the plot who then told the king in Mordecai’s name saving the king’s life. In 1 Chronicles 9 the King’s Gate was a gate of the sanctuary, the inner court. This gate is also referenced in Ezekiel 44 and 46. The King’s Gate was open on certain days and at the King’s command. This gate was specifically for the King to enter the sanctuary. The gate keepers of this gate were chosen wisely.
These two gates represent “hearing” and “seeing”. The King’s Gate in Persia represents the Holy Spirit revealing the plots and schemes of the enemy. The King’s Gate in Jerusalem represents sitting at the King’s Gate to “hear” the voice of our King so we can decree His will in the earth and “seeing” what He is doing so we can implement His will in the earth. This is the main purpose of the Ekklesia.